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I started reading through the ICM Unlimited survey for Channel 4 on British Muslim social attitudes just to nose around and then suddenly I’d gone through 600 pages of data tables and it seemed a shame to not post it here.

The context is that this poll is being made into a TV programme with Trevor Phillips and the trailed data has hit the newspapers with such flashy headlines as over half of British Muslim think that homosexuality should be illegal, British Muslims are antisemitic, blah blah. As is usually the trend, I think you’ll find it’s a little more complicated than that.

I refuse to spend five hours formatting and adding pictures when I have work to do today, but some interesting points that jumped out at me in chronological order:

* 77% of Muslims in the South West think that religious prejudice against them has risen in the last five years versus between 30 and 50% in the rest of Britain. It’s lowest in Scotland and the North East (29% and 25%).

* 20% of Muslims have been personally harassed because of their religion in the last 2 years, and it mostly happened in their local area. 13% of *those* have been physically attacked. Can we then be at all surprised that Muslims feel that British society is hostile towards them when 1 in 20 have literally been beaten up in the last two years? [click to continue…]

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A few weeks ago, Channel 4 asked me to participate in their 4Thought programme on being LGBT and Jewish (I’d previously sourced them a friend for a different theme) to coincide with London Pride. I agreed, filmed it, and thought nothing more of it other than “ZOMG, I’m going to be on telly! And no-one watches telly anymore, so I don’t have to tell anyone if they make me look bad”. As it turned out, they took three hours of insightful, thought-out analysis on Pride, LGBT, Judaism, and our society, and produced a minute and a half of TV that barely mentioned Judaism at all and said not much more about anything else. Maybe I wasn’t soundbiteable enough.

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